Robert Steven Fortner Edit Profile
Bachelor, Otterbein College, 1970. Master of Arts, Indiana University, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy, University Illinois, 1978.
Assistant professor Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1978—1979, Drake University, Des Moines, 1979—1981, State University of New York-Plattsburgh, 1981—1984. Associate professor mass communications George Washington University, Washington, 1984—1989, director radio & television, 1984—1987, chairman department communication, 1987—1989. Professor communication arts & science Calvin College, Grand Rapids, since 1989, director graduate studies, 1994—1998, chairman department communications arts & science, 1995—1997.
Director research & training Words Hope, Michigan, since 2000. Director Media Research Institute, since 2007. Chairman Cable Access Advisory Committee, Plattsburgh, New York, 1981—1984.
Editor Pulse First Presbyterian Church, 1981—1984. Research consultant Far East Broadcasting Association, 1989—1990, British Broadcasting Corporation, 1991—2000, Center Strategic & International Studies, 1991, International Christian Media Committee, 1991. Lecturer United States Telecommunications Training Institute, Washington, 1985—1989, Academy Educational Development, Washington, 1986—1989, Institute Foreign Journalists, Reston, Virginia, 1987—1989, Meridian House International, 1987—1989.
Principal investigator Worldwide Radio Receiver Population Analysis, 1986, International Communication, 1992. Chairman board director Far East Broadcasting Company, since 1993, chairman, since 1994. Director research InterSearch, 1995—2007.
Training coordinator TWR International, 1994—2000, Deacon Silver Spring Christian Reformed Church, Maryland, 1985—1987.
Member Association Reformed Communication (president 1985-1988), Association Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Canada Communication Association, International Communication Association, Speech Communication Association, International Association Mass Communication Research, National Research Council (panel Voice of America modernization, emergency preparedness and direct broadcast satellites 1987-1989).
Married Marcia Beth Knisley Fortner, June 27, 1970. Children: Matthew Robert, Peter Nathaniel, Rachael Victoria.